Legends (back to top)
- The "Battle of Langemarck" in World War I: did the German youths win on Nov. 10, 1914?
- Dachau gas chamber. (begun Oct.
Did the US army force German prisoners of war to build the Dachau crematorium
after the war? Absolutely not. The crematorium building was begun in
the summer of 1942 and completed in 1943. Many letters, blueprints,
photographs and much testimony prove this beyond a doubt. The building
contained not only the furnace room, but also a morgue to store corpses
prior to cremation, four small chambers for fumigating (gassing) clothing
to kill lice, an undressing/waiting room, and one gas chamber room designed
to murder human beings. As far we know, from the testimony of prisoner-doctor
Frantisek Blaha who was required to perform autopsies on the victims,
the gas chamber was tested on two small groups of prisoners, but never
used for murder by gassing after that. The furnaces, however, were used
to cremate many thousands of corpses, of inmates who had been executed
by shooting, hanging and torture, or died of starvation and diseases,
which often reached epidemic proportions in the camp.
- Hitler's Jewish ancestry. See the timeline on my Hitler in History page.
Was Hitler part Jewish? (Was Hitler's father the illegitimate son of a Jew who got his grandmother pregnant?) No. His grandmother did work as a maid in a Jewish household, but her son (Hitler's father) was born while she was living with a non-Jewish Austrian who raised the boy. When that man died, Hitler 's father was adopted by the biological father's brother, further evidence that the former Jewish employer did not impregnate the grandmother.
- Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. See the project by my student Jose DelaCruz.
They are a well-known fake and forgery. Jose's page is nicely illustrated--tracing the spread of the fiction. He shows (as the London Times did in 1921), that the Protocols are a 1905 plagiarism by Sergyei Nilus, of an anonymously published 1864 book titled Dialogues in Hell (the author is now known to be Maurice Joly). Jose compares text passages from the two books.
- Soap from human fat. [page updated 12/13/10]
Was human body fat used to make soap? Never on a mass scale, although
some experiments were probably performed. Even Himmler believed that
his scientists might be doing this, so he ordered them to stop. Read
Polish independent scholar Joachim Neander's research (in German): full
paper with footnotes; oral version
for the Oct. 2004 German Studies Association conference. Pdf of English version from Feb. 2006 German Studies Review.
- Stab in the Back Legend. See my review of Boris Barth's 2004 book about it for details.
Did Germany lose World War I because of betrayal?